Cleaning Wool Area Rugs


If you have hardwood floors in your home, then wool area rugs may serve as a really warm and cozy area for your toes. Adding wool rugs as a part of your home decorating ideas is a great thing to do with their wide array of colors and textures can enhance your home’s uniqueness and visual interest.

The best way to keep your wool rugs looking attractive and graceful is to perform regular maintenance on them. As an alternative to chemical-based spot cleaners, I recommend using natural vinegar solutions.

Let’s get down to some helpful cleaning tips for keeping your wool rugs in tip-top shape.

Tips for Cleaning Wool Rugs

Spot Cleaning with Vinegar

NOTES: Based on expert research, chemical cleaners that are made from alkaline and bleach can damage wool fibers. Nonetheless, vinegar is fairly mild and acidic to some extent, making it an ideal cleaning solution for wool fibers.

Vinegar is perfect for cleaning pet stains, it helps to prevent color fading and stains, and helps to counterbalance urine odor.

Here’s how you should go about cleaning your wool rugs with vinegar:

  • Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar in 2 cups of lukewarm water.
  • Add ½ tsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent to the vinegar mixture.
  • Use a clean lint-free rag to blot the stain before applying the vinegar mixture.
  • Use the vinegar mixture to soak the stain.
  • Scrub gently, making sure that you avoid irritating the rug’s pile.
  • Use another clean cloth to blot dry.

Cleaning the Entire Rug

  • Spot clean with vinegar.
  • Use a mixture of soapy water to shampoo the rug. (Figure out if the rug needs to be cleaned by rubbing it with your hand for 15 seconds. If your hands become dirty after the time has elapsed, then shampoo is needed.)
  • Add gentle liquid soap to cool water until it becomes sudsy.
  • Use a long-haired brush to apply the soap mixture in long strokes in the direction of the rug’s nap.
  • Rinse out the soap by running the rug under clean running water. (For larger rugs, I recommend getting help from someone to make the process less demanding, as wet rugs can become very heavy. If you’re a heavyweight champion, then you’re good to go!)
  • Force out the excess water from the rug by using a rubber squeegee.
  • Lay it flat and allow it to dry outside.


Wool is an incredible flooring option for elevating your home’s décor. It comes in a lot of colors and textures to modify your home’s visual appeal in an intriguing way. By properly maintaining your wool rugs, you and your family can enjoy a long period of elegance and coziness right in the comfort of your home.